Terri Meyer Boake B.E.S. B.Arch. M.Arch.
Associate Professor School of Architecture University of Waterloo

Arch 384:
Habitat for Humanity

Elora Build, August 2003

Problem statement:
"Habitat for Humanity is an independent, charitable, faith-based housing program dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing by building homes in partnership with families in need. We build simple, decent, and affordable houses and provide interest-free mortgages to families who would otherwise not be able to purchase their own home. The Habitat program is about home ownership and providing a long-term solution designed to break the poverty cycle."

The August 2003 Elora Build is the fifth Habitat for Humanity Build in which students from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture have participated. Three students assisted in the realization of a pair of semi-detatched houses in Elora, Ontario. Tavis McAuley, under the direction of Charles Simon Architect, produced the design and contract documents for the houses. This was done as part of an independent study course. He also was involved in laying out the site and initial work on the foundations. Anna Jarvis and Jennifer Jantzen were involved in the Blitz Build for two weeks at the end of their 3A work term.

Students are required to do a minimum of 11 full shifts on a build to receive credit. This type of hands-on experience allows students to understand the incredible difference between designing, drawing and building.


Participant List:

3B: Anna Jarvis, Jennifer Jantzen

4A: Tavis McAuley

Thanks to everyone for their efforts!

last updated March 8, 2008